Obituaries 08-30-2018

Leonard Gallant

Retired Chief Financial Officer of International Shoe Machine Co. Proud of his Chelsea roots

Leonard A. Gallant, born June 13, 1934 in Chelsea died on August 23, 2018 surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years (as of August 24, 2018) Beverly and his children, Susan, Leonard Jr. and his wife, Janice, William and his, wife Diane,  Beverly and his granddaughters, Lauren and Samantha, his brothers,  Charles and Robert and many beloved nieces, nephews and cherished friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Ernie, John, Lloyd, Abel, Elmer and sister Eileen.

Lenny attended the Assumption School in Chelsea fondly remembering his school days and the nuns that taught him and his brothers.  He was very proud of his Chelsea roots and remained lifelong friends with many from those days. After graduating from Malden Catholic High School, he registered for the draft and spent two years in the Army in Austria during the Korean War reaching the rank of Corporal.  In retirement, he proudly wore his Korean Veteran hat every day, everywhere.  Working as a Quartermaster in the Army led Len to his lifelong career at International Shoe Machine (ISMC) starting as an accountant and finishing 40 years later as Chief Financial Officer.  He traveled the world for ISMC including Asia, South America and Europe.  He was proud to earn his license as a CPA when all Public Accountants were grandfathered in as CPAs a few years back.

He was a member of the American Legion and Massachusetts Association of Accountants. While working at ISMC, he worked weekends alongside is childhood friend Norman LeClair preparing taxes.  In retirement, he continued his career as an income tax preparer.  When people asked Lenny what he did for work he always said “I do cleaning, pressing and alterations (CPA)”

​Lenny loved to have people at their home of 52 years in Danvers whether in the summer around the pool, fall weekends watching BC and the Patriots on the big TV or Christmas time at the Annual Christmas party.  He also loved attending Rotary and Chamber events including the Chamber Annual $10,000 Pot of Gold.  He loved Fox News and Foxwoods and was proud to say he was a Republican.  He will be greatly missed for his pleasant personality and keen wit by all who loved Lenny.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church, 24 Conant Street, Danvers, MA  01923 or The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living 165 Captains Row Chelsea, MA  02150.

Services were through Lyons Funeral Home in Danvers.

Diane Harrington

September 16, 1961 – August 10, 2018

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 28 for Diane S. Harrington of Everett who passed away on Friday. August 10 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a sudden illness.  She was 56 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Irene (Rudolph) Harrington. She resided in Everett for the past six years and was a past resident of Revere and Chelsea.   Diane attended Our Lady of the Assumption parochial school and graduated from Chelsea High School.   She continued her education at Bunker Hill Community College and worked for many years as a certified food inspector, for over 20 years for Kayem Foods and later for several more years at Kettle Cuisine. She retired a few years ago after suffering a disabling hand injury.

In her lifetime, Diane enjoyed family camping in New Hampshire, entertaining family athome during the holidays and summer BBQ’s.  She was past member of the Chelsea French Club and was a great Patriots fan.

In addition to her parents, Diane was also predeceased by a sister, Patricia Harrington and her young daughter, Danielle Marie Negron.  She is survived by her beloved son, Eric Negron and his wife, Andrea Mendoza of Wilmington and her devoted companion and fiancée, Paul Aversa of Everett.  She was the dearly loved sister of Jean Melvin and her husband, Ron of Auburn, NH and cherished aunt of Patrick Coyne, Brian Carmody, Irene Melvin Wright and Stephanie Melvin Brockstedt.   She is also survived by several adoring great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.

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